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January 7, 2007 4:16:53 AM

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Please let me know if I made a mistake or if you think I should do something different.

Motherboard ---> Asus P5B Deluxe = $180
CPU ---> E6600 = $309
Video Card ---> GeForce 8800 GTS =$430
Hard Drive ---> Western Digital Raptor 10000RPM = $307
PSU ---> Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W = $115
Case ---> Antec Nine Hundred = $135
Monitor ---> Samsung 204BW = $280
Mouse ---> Logitech G5 = $46
Keyboard ---> Logitech G15 = $65
CD/DVD ---> Samsung 18x DVD±R Burner = $33
RAM ---> Super Talent 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400, 4-4-3-8, 2.2V,
cast aluminum high-efficiency spreader = $268

TOTAL = $2168

Well, what do you think?


Changed things around a bit:

Monitor ---> NEC Display Solutions 20WMGX2-BK 20.1" = $603
Motherboard ---> Asus P5B Deluxe = $180
CPU ---> E6600 = $318
Video Card ---> GeForce 8800 GTS =$450
Hard Drive ---> Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB = $80
RAM ---> Corsair XMS2 (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400 4-4-4-12, 2.1V = $277
PSU ----> Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W = $115
Case ---> Antec Nine Hundred = $135
Mouse ---> Logitech G5 = $46
Keyboard ---> Logitech G15 = $65
CD/DVD ---> Samsung 18x DVD±R Burner = $33
Heatsink/Fan ---> Scythe SCINF-1000 120mm = $58
Thermal Paste ---> Arctic Silver 5 = $6.00

TOTAL = $2366
January 7, 2007 4:23:01 AM

Looks great, i cant really see anything that you should change. I'd say your good to go.
January 7, 2007 6:11:54 AM

I just shaved off $344 by downgrading a couple components.

I swapped out the WD Raptor for a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB which costs only $80.

And I swapped out the SuperTalent memory for Corsair XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) PC2-6400 5-5-5-12, 1.9V which costs only $122.

Still thinks it's a good build?
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January 7, 2007 7:17:30 AM

Stay with the 2GB Ram. You will be happy you did a couple of years from now (assuming you keep the computer that long). You can never have enough memory 8)
January 7, 2007 7:47:30 AM

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Here are some power supplies that are cheaper/better.


I see the Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply on Newegg listed for $130.

And I see the Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply listed for $109.

So actually the NeoHE is less expensive...

But I don't know what the difference is between these 2 power supplies. Why is the True Power Trio better?
January 7, 2007 4:29:40 PM

after mail in rebates they are 109 for the 650W and 79 for the 550W
January 8, 2007 6:20:23 AM

Yea but why is the truepower better than the neo?
January 8, 2007 6:51:01 AM

I don't know if it is or is not, but it is just $30 cheaper.
January 8, 2007 6:58:30 AM

By the way, am I missing anything on my list of parts to assemble this new PC? Do I need to buy any cables or connectors? What about thermal paste, do I need to buy that or is it included in the cpu retail box?
January 8, 2007 7:07:06 AM

The heatsink that comes with the CPU has it pre-applied. I notice though that you have a " cast aluminum high-efficiency spreader" for $268?? What the crap is that? Is that a Heatsink? and is that for your CPU? and why is it 268 dollars? Also Every case and motherboard I have bought have come with plenty of cables, especially for just a single HD and Optical drive.
January 8, 2007 7:07:11 AM

Thermalpaste comes pre-applied to the stock hsf.
January 8, 2007 7:11:52 AM

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I notice though that you have a " cast aluminum high-efficiency spreader" for $268??


That's part of the RAM. It looks like a new line but it's actually still part of the RAM description. Here's the RAM on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

I was told that it's supposed to be the best for overclocking but I'm entirely unclear on this point. Maybe I should just go with regular Corsair PC2-6400 with 5-5-5-12 timings...?
January 8, 2007 11:39:13 AM

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So actually the NeoHE is less expensive...

But I don't know what the difference is between these 2 power supplies. Why is the True Power Trio better?


the NeoHE is a modular PS, the traditional cooling fan at the back and the cables are nicely covered with the mesh. its convenient to those kinda power cables if your case is a bit small, easier to hide them.

The true power, the 650Watt, has a huge 12cm fan on it. so it makes the PSU more quiet, atleast i noticed it. it is not a modular PSU, so u might have a few cables lying around in ur case. but then its 650 Watts so the PSU might last you some time depending on how often you upgrade your system.
January 9, 2007 5:23:54 AM

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Thermalpaste comes pre-applied to the stock hsf.


So what's that Scythe thing I keep hearing people talk about?
January 9, 2007 5:29:32 AM

Do you mean the Scythe Infinity? Its an awesome hsf, second only to the almighty Tuniq Tower 120.
January 9, 2007 6:25:49 AM

Yes that is what I'm referring to. Should I get that, or should I just stick with the heatsink/fan that comes in the retail box?
January 9, 2007 8:14:38 AM

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Yes that is what I'm referring to. Should I get that, or should I just stick with the heatsink/fan that comes in the retail box?


You'll get much better temps if you get an aftermarket hsf like the scythe infinity, if your oc'ing i would definitely get one.
January 9, 2007 3:39:42 PM

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I notice though that you have a " cast aluminum high-efficiency spreader" for $268??


That's part of the RAM. It looks like a new line but it's actually still part of the RAM description. Here's the RAM on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...


Haha oh man thanks for clearing that up, i was so confused
January 9, 2007 4:06:15 PM

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep going! You'd be a fool to stop now!
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